President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for New Jersey.

 

Car drives down a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast in Atlantic City. ( Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The declaration clears the way to making federal funds available to people affected by the storm in Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union counties.

Assistance can also include grants for temporary housing and home repairs.

Money is also available to government agencies within the declaration zone.

Obama also  declared a major disaster for New York City and Long Island.

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